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    Historic St. Mary's Church

    We, the family of Saint Mary’s, are a community nourished and sustained by the Body and Blood of Christ and impelled by the Word of God to go forth and evangelize.

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    Bishop's Annual Lenten Appeal Kick Off

    The in-pew campaign for the 2014-2015 Lenten Appeal will be held for three weekends . . . March 9, March 16 and March 23. This year's goal is $118,400. We embrace this opportunity to participate in the larger work of the Church. With each one of us giving back to God from our non-St. Mary’s portion of our tithe, we will not only reach our goal again but even more of us will experience the joy and blessing that is tithing. Please prayerfully consider what you and your family will pledge this year. Thank you! Please contact the rectory if you have any questions.

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    Stations of the Cross

    Please click on the More button to visit our Virtual Stations of the Cross.

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    Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer Appointed Eleventh Bishop of Harrisburg

    Bishop Gainer will be introduced at a news conference at 10:00 a.m. today. Bishop Gainer was born August 24, 1947, in Pottsville, PA. After studies for the priesthood he was ordained a Priest for the diocese of Allentown on May 19, 1973. He was consecrated and installed as Bishop of Lexington, KY on February 22, 2003. He will be installed as Bishop of Harrisburg on Wednesday, March 19.

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Welcome to Historic St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church

About Us

For over two and a half centuries this church has stood as a house of prayer where we feel welcome and at home. Established in 1741, this beautiful church stands as a symbol of the vitality and dedication of Catholic life in Lancaster. We have the distinguished honor of being the fourth oldest Catholic Church in the original thirteen colonies and the added blessing of Mary, the Blessed Virgin of the Assumption, as our patroness. In addition, our church was granted a special spiritual bond with the Papal Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome on February 5, 2009, and with it comes the privilege of a Plenary Indulgence for each member of the faithful who makes a pilgrimage to the church under certain prescribed conditions.

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